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"I am not concerned about monitors" said Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

The Sheriff and his attorney didn't seem to mind the fact that a man chosen to watch over his agency was a nominee of the American Civil Liberty Union.

"I don't think it would be accurate to categorize any of the six nominees as anyone's guy. Now we have a monitor and lets be very clear, this is a federal court's guy and the federal court has asked us to contact him and we will" said Tom Liddy.

Robert Warshaw is a longtime policeman and veteran monitor. He and his company were a monitor in cases involving the cities of Detroit and Oakland. He was also the Police Chief in Rochester New York and appointed by President Clinton to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

"It was certainly that he does come from a law enforcement background, the judge had indicated he is interested in someone who can provide expertise in that and therefore know how to respond when the Sheriff's department says this is doable and this is not." said Dan Pochoda with the ACLU.

ACLU's legal chief admits to being a little relieved with the choice but cautions anyone who thinks their nominee may be biased. "After the 6 years in battle, in litigation with a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. I'll attest to mine anyway and the important to the community, we needed someone who had the expertise, reputation, and character at this critical stage or many of the gains would just be lost" said Pochoda.

The monitor won't have the authority to call the shots at MCSO but will report to the judge on any violations of the ruling.

"I'm going to say again I am the elected Sheriff. I run this organization period" said Arpaio.

How the whole monitoring process is going to work and when it starts is still not clear, Arpaio says the Sheriff's Office will be ready.

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